Andrew Bell of DeadZebra posted some new Android Mini Collectibles for release today! One is to celebrate the Lunar New Year, and the other is a special edition created in conjunction with myself and Google! These two Androids are unique in that one has a golden ticket, something never before done for an Android release, and one is a Google edition Android being shared with the public, also never before done.
Let’s start with the Lunar New Year one!
This year’s edition has quite a lot of extra fun parts with it! The box itself is designed like a red envelope, so you don’t see a normal clear window like other edition boxes. What is a red envelope? It’s a traditional present given at every Lunar New Year, where an elder presents one of these to a younger generation. Most times these envelopes are filled with cash. I used to love getting these when I was younger but alas, now I’m too old =(.
In addition to the box being like a red envelope, there is also a red envelope included inside the box! And that’s where the golden ticket lies! Two boxes will have golden tickets, which you can redeem for a solid 24K gold coin as below, worth $450!
This is one of the most fun editions that has been released, given the extra goodies! But the fun doesn’t stop there – there is a paper green money in the red envelope even if you didn’t win the gold coin, and the figurine itself has an accessory of a banner of red envelopes for display. I love mine!
Next, the I <3 My Dog Android figurine was released! I worked with Andrew on this for almost a year – it was borne out of my love of dogs, a strong desire to produce a production Android, and a chance to work with Andrew! We discussed everything from design, to how many to produce, to what was feasible, etc. I also gathered design opinions from interested buyers, captured general interest, and funding. Andrew then made his DeadZebra magic happen. I’m extremely happy with how it turned out – the art from Andrew completely captured what I was aiming for with its playfulness and whimsy, and I’m very thankful to Andrew for the opportunity. Working on this taught me a lot of the joys (and pain!) toy companies must go through when it comes to designing something for everyone, fulfilling orders, and just generally being prepared to answer all the comments and questions that come in.
The Android comes with a pet doggy keychain and bone accessory! Fun fact? The bone was from a newly created mold, just for this project! Also, if you raise the arms of the dog, you will see little paw pads on the other side!
To purchase the Chinese New Year Android, go here.
To purchase the I <3 My Dog, go here though it’s currently sold out.
Images from deadzebra.com